by Marg McDOUGALL (nee COCHRANE)
My interest in Genealogy was sparked when I was given a box of papers & photos, collected by my mum and her cousin (both now deceased).
I was born in Gore and have lived all of my life in Southland.
My mother’s family are the CATTO's who have farmed for 134 years at Otikerama near Pukerau and this is where my research is focused.
James Catto arrived in NZ sometime between 1861- 1871 and spent some time on the Taieri before purchasing 199 acres at Otikerama by deferred payment in 1876. In 1879 he married Elizabeth Ellen SHAW, from Drumcliff, Ireland, who came to Port Chalmers with her younger sister on the Peter Denny in July 1874.
My father’s forbearers, John & Elizabeth COCHRANE, emigrated from Backboath, Dundee, Scotland, arriving in Lyttelton in February 1867 aboard The Himalaya. The farming family with seven children settled in the Waimate district and a further five children were born.
In 1987, 120 years of life in NZ was celebrated and a family booklet produced.
My Brick Wall is how and when James Catto came to NZ, where he landed and what he did before purchasing his farm. His obituary and the book Land of Many Hills stated that he came on the ship City of Glasgow in 1866 to Dunedin, but this ship didn’t come to Dunedin until much later. I have found records of James in ploughing matches on the Taieri in June 1871.
Also who were Elizabeth Ellen Shaw’s parents?
Other family Names: BAGRIE, HELLIER, THOMSON, REID.
These are family stories from some of our members.